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1916 M101-5 Famous and Barr Collection (88) - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,925

This newly discovered original-owner collection of eighty-eight assorted 1916 M101-5 Famous and Barr cards is comprised of sixty-five different cards plus twenty-three duplicates. These cards are part of a very substantial collection of 1910-era cards consigned to this auction, which was saved for decades by the daughter of the original owner. The 1916 Famous and Barr set is identical in design to M101-4 and M101-5 Sporting News, but with advertising on the reverse for the "The Boys’ Clothes Store of St. Louis - Famous and Barr Co. – St. Louis Foremost Boys’ Clothes Store." The St. Louis-based Famous & Barr Company was one of several regional advertisers to issue both the M101-4 and M101-5 series cards, and almost all Famous & Barr examples known are M101-5s. These cards have a rare original-owner provenance. They were personally saved since 1916 by the father of our consignor! Her family originally lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and her father personally got these cards in 1916 directly from the Famous and Barr Company! The 1916 M101-4/5 sets are two of the most highly regarded and comprehensive baseball-card sets of the era. The sets are commonly referred to as issued by The Sporting News, but, as most collectors know, the sets were actually issued by several different companies. Cards were printed with advertising for regional issuers as well as with blank banks. All the cards in this collection have Famous and Barr backs. Condition report: 75% range from Ex to Nr/Mt (averaging Ex-Mt), and 25% Vg to Vg-Ex (with a couple slightly lesser). This is an outstanding group, and even the lowest graded cards have a remarkably fresh, crisp, like-new quality. The collection consists of the following: #1 (2), 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 (2, M101-4), 11 (M101-4), 12 (M101-4), 14 (M101-4), 15 (M101-4), 16 (M101-4), 18 (M101-4), 19 (M101-4), 20 (M101-4), 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 61 (2), 62 (2), 63 (2), 64 (2), 65 (2), 66 (2), 67 (2), 68 (2), 69 (2), 70 (2), 71 (2), 72 (2), 73 (2), 74 (2), 75 (2), 76 (2), 77 (2), 78 (2), 79 (2), 80 (2), 81, 82, 84, 87, 88, 91 (2), 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 100. This is an extraordinary collection and the largest group of M101-5 with Famous and Barr advertising backs that we have ever offered! Total: 88 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $5,925


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